Loree Collyer Picture by Adam Head
A confessed "girly-girl" is to become the first female to graduate from Gold Coast TAFE's boilermaker training course in its 30-year history.
Nineteen-year-old Loree Collyer says her boilermaker father was her inspiration to take up the tools of the trade.
She will graduate early next year along with her classmates - 249 men.
But she says that when she first decided to take on the course, she had no idea she would be smashing the industry stereotype of a big, burly, grease-covered man.
"I don't fit that bill but I do enjoy the `hands-on' work," she says.
"I also like doing girly things.
"I love boilermaking.
"Every day is different and you don't know what is going to happen. You start off doing something small and it just keeps growing and then you can see the end result."
She says it came as a surprise that she would be the only woman in her class.
"I thought there would be a few more women out there," she says.
"I don't know why (more women don't get into boilermaking). It's a good thing to do. It opens doors for you.
"I am now getting into drafting."
Collyer is now working as an apprentice with PSF Steel Fabrications, at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.
Her work involves anything to do with steel fabrication, from making metal beams to welding structures to constructing metal objects.
Is she as good as the men? "Definitely," she says.
PSF Steel Fabrications general manager Bruce Pailthorpe says Collyer is an asset to his team.
"Our challenge is to provide these opportunities for her," Pailthorpe says.
Gold Coast Institute of TAFE director Deb Daly says women should be encouraged to consider trades as careers.
"Apprenticeships can lead to very satisfying and rewarding careers," Daly says.
"They provide many more career pathways than they did years ago and the job outcome from apprenticeships are better than those of most degree graduates.
"I believe people today choosing a career in building and construction can look forward to a lifetime of opportunities for success," she says.
Boilermaker Cover Letter
Boilermakers are trained craftspeople who build, install and repair vessels or containers that hold liquids or gases. Key functions of a Boilermaker include repiping, retubing, repairing, welding and installing containers and container parts for commercial, industrial or residential properties. Boilermakers use often use specialized tools such as oxy-acetylene gas torches.
Our library of sample cover letters for Boilermakers generally include the following skills and qualifications:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Completion of a technical training or apprenticeship program
- Extensive knowledge of welding, rigging, drafting and miscellaneous repair work
- Physical strength, stamina, and coordination
- Manual dexterity
- Ability to read blueprints and diagrams
- Strong troubleshooting skills
- Good communication skills
- Ability and willingness to travel for their work, both short- and long-term
- Mathematical proficiency
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Dear Mr. Hope,
I am submitting my resume for the position of Boilermaker. With a high school diploma, welding experience and certification, completion of a 4-year apprenticeship and thorough technical knowledge, I am confident that I would be a valuable addition to the Louisiana Steelworks team.
My professional experience includes more than 6,000 hours of on-site training, proficiency in several different types of welding, the successful repair of dozens of boilers, pressure valves and miscellaneous pressurized containers and the reading and execution of complex blueprints, drawings and designs. While completing my apprenticeship, I learned that open communication and teamwork are essential in creating a safe and effective workplace environment.
Here are some highlights of my qualifications and experience:
- Completed a welding program at Northshore Technical Community College
- Received voluntary certification from the American Welding Society
- Completed an apprenticeship program through the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
- Repaired and installed various boilers, manholes, uptakes, valves, tanks, and vats
- Successfully worked with colleagues, managers, and supervisors to complete projects and safely and efficiently as possible
I hope to have the opportunity to bring my honed craftsmanship, thorough experience, can-do attitude and passion to Louisiana Steelworks.
I appreciate your time and consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you further about this position.
All the best,